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Unquenchable Love

"Surging waters cannot quench love, floodwaters cannot overflow it" (SS 8:7 NET). The love described here is a fiery love with a deep, resolute devotion in it. It's a love that cannot be moved, even under the harshest opposition. It's a resolved commitment. The decision has been made, and it's impossible for it to be undone. Like skydiving: once you jump out of the plan...

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Help for Parents

Paul Tripp has a great deal of wisdom and God has used him to shape much of my thinking about how the gospel impacts daily living. He has a lot to say about parenting in this light. Desiring God has posted a great "DG Live" video that I hope you'll take the time to watch, whether you're a parent or not. Paul Tripp on the Heart of Parenting...

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Raise Them Up

What might it mean to raise up our children "in the discipline and instruction of the Lord" (Eph.6:4)? Robert Plummer has a helpful article on the subject in theJournal of Family Ministry. Here are some excerpts (emphases mine): "In one setting, a father might fulfill Ephesians 6:4 by sharing the stories about Jesus that he himself has learned orally while he and his son ...

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What Is Repentance?

Fundamentally, in the Christian sense of the idea, to repent is to turn from wrong thinking and attitudes about Jesus, to right thinking and attitudes about Jesus and his gospel. To repent in this sense is to turn away from thinking that assumes Jesus was just a man, or just an example, or just a counselor, or, maybe, just some crazy person, etc. It's to turn away from th...

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Glorify God at Work

Happy Saturday! Many of you will have today "off" from your regular work and engage in more leisurely and restful activities. Great! Enjoy. As you rest and gear up for another week of labor on Monday, take a few minutes to read the June 4 post on the Desiring God blog. It suggests 12 ways toglorify God at work....

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A Funny Look at Small Groups

Small Group ministry is important to us at CRC! God's kingdom isbestdisplayed when his people joyfully embrace his passions and priorities(i.e., his glory in the salvation of his people and their representation of him in the world) and pursue a lifestyle that reflects them - in family relations, neighborhood relations, in workplace relations, in friendships, in community ...

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Emotional Suffering and the Cross

Jesus was brought to Golgotha and crucified. Nails were driven into is hands and feet, and then he was hung on a cross. I cannot imagine the pain. Prior to that he was lashed, spit on, struck, pierced with a wreath of thorns on his head, and forced to carry the lumber of his cross. Painful as it was, none of it was a surprise to Jesus. He taught that "the Son of Man must s...

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The Church is Important!

"Devotion to Jesus cannot be effectively implemented without a devotion to the local church." So says Dave Harvey ofSovereign Grace Ministries. The quote comes from a chapter of the book that our CRC small groups have been discussing twice a month since February -Why Small Groups?Chapter 7 puts an exclamation point at the end of a book about the what and why of small grou...

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What's The Bible About?

I recently saw a church's upcoming sermon series advertised in a coffee shop. Part of the ad implied that the particular Bible chapter they'd be covering is about "help for how to live life when life gets you down." Now, it's true that God uses the Bible to help us live life. However, that's not what it's about... not mainly. Don't get me wrong, God certainly offers help ...

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Snowballing Comfort and Joy

We are loved by the "God of all comfort" (2Cor.1:3). Notice how he blesses his peoplethroughhis people by adding comfort to comfort and joy to joy. God comforted Paul, through Titus, through the Corinthians (2Cor.7:6-7). The Corinthians comforted Titus, who in turn comforted Paul. Paul was filled with joy, because Titus was filled with joy, because he was refreshed by th...

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